DAY AND NIGHT OF THE BATS
On Sat. July 21st at 11:00am, volunteers from the Men's Shed (the amazing folks who built the condo) cut the ribbon in front of a fascinated crowd and officially opened the condo to the bats of Squamish.
It will take around 2-3 years to see any bat action
at this new roost, but we believe it will be successful.
The location is prime for bats, and really, who
could resist that view? The condo will be mainly used by
female bats as a nursery roost. Maybe we
should have called it a "Bat Nursery Opening" instead.
This is perfect timing for such a project as more cases of the bat killing, White Nose Syndrome, have been discovered in Washington State and is expected to find it's way to BC within a year or two.
Providing a "nursery roost" in ideal bat habitat will provide not only what our bats need to survive, but will also create an accessible bat population that we can monitor for signs of the deadly syndrome. Please open file below for more info. on White Nose Syndrome:
The "night" half of our bat celebration found us at the Squamish Adventure Centre for an intimate and very informative "bat talk" with BC Community Bat Program's, Danielle Dagenais. Did you know we had over 10 different species of bats on the South Coast?
It's quite challenging and exciting trying to count these tiny little bats as they seem to magically appear from nowhere and dart off into the night, sometimes 10 or more at a time. We counted over 100 bats that night, as well as a night hawk, blue heron and bald eagles. It was totally awesome, Bat People!
For more information on bats and/or to volunteer for bat monitoring in Squamish contact Danielle Dagenais at: 604-754-3220 or visit the BC Community Bat Program's website at: www.bcbats.ca/
Thank you to the Men's Shed, TD Friends of the Environment, Squamish Savings, Mark Wilmot and the Hunters for help with this special event and this essential project.
Until next time...